Powell River Public Library looking for some tween programming ideas!

My name is Megan Cole, and I’m the teen services co-ordinator at the Powell River Public Library. We recently moved into a new library space, which is three times bigger than our previous one. Needless to say we’ve seen a lot of excitement from our community, particularly teens and the tweens Grades 4 – 6. I’m looking for programming ideas for our tweens Grades 4 -6. Like many libraries, especially in the summer, we see a lot of kids whose parents send their kids to the library to spend the day, which always means they try to camp out at the computers. We’re hoping to develop some on going programming to serve them. I’m wondering what other libraries are doing around this.



Megan Cole

Powell River Public Library

Teen Services Coordinator


ORL’s System-Wide Summer Reading Club Training For Staff


ORL’s Linda Youmans, the Youth Collections/System Librarian, kindly agreed to tell us more about the SRC training workshop Okanagan Regional Library system has put together for staff.  She notes that their “Youth Services Team has been wonderful in helping to put the workshop together showcasing all their talents to the staff.” What a terrific sharing of knowledge and best practices!


The Okanagan Regional Library kicked off this year’s Summer Reading Club by offering internal SRC workshops based on the 2017 theme.

The workshop was entitled “SRC Smackdown: Summer Reading Club Success” and featured presentations/discussion on the following:

  • The Purpose of Summer Reading Club
  • Summer Reading Club Basics – supplies, age levels, guidelines, additional clubs (teen and read-to-me),
  • Evanced Calendar and Online Registration – benefits of using these new methods
  • Planning Programs – Useful forms, parental guidelines and websites
  • Outreach – panel discussion on how the three of our larger branches libraries do outreach to schools
  • Contests such as Recycled Birdhouse, Nature Before and After, and Scavenger hunts!
  • 2017 SRC Themed Programs and Contests such as
    • “Yard Wars: Seed Bombs – a nonfiction program on weird and wacky plants, where children, based on the facts that they heard, design their own unusual plant
    • Wild Animal Fun, a story /craft program featuring tabletop storytelling with puppets
    • Book Smack and Marshmallow Toss – thirty -second book talks by participants where, if the timer goes off before finishing, they are pummelled by marshmallows
  • SRC Brainstorming Session where attendees worked in groups, brainstormed on one of the themes, and walked away with a usable program. There were no paper handouts at the workshop since all information goes on our staff Shared Drive.
  • Evaluating the SRC – discussion regarding the importance of evaluation and the methods the ORL uses including  Project Outcome.

“SRC Smackdown: Summer Reading Club Success” was held in three locations in our system.   Fifty-five on-call, full-time and part-time staff from our 29-library branch system attended. 79% rated the workshop as excellent, while 69% said that they were now very confident, after the training received, to do an SRC program in their branch. Last year we did a workshop on Story Time Success for 53 attendees, which was popular as well!

We are looking forward to our 2018 internal Youth Services training workshops with the projected theme of “Teens and Steam.”

Storytelling with Paddle Puppets (The Elephant’s Child)

Transporting smarties from one paper filter to another with only a straw – Minute to Win-it Activity

Blowing Feathers Across the Room (activity for kids while doing the Book Smack and Marshmallow Toss program)

More Great Books about Nature!

The nice people at Heritage Group Distribution,  Orca Book Publishers,  McKellar & MartinMidtown PressRaincoast Books and Ronsdale Press have sent along some additional titles related to our 2017 theme of “nature”! If you have created any book lists related to this summer’s theme, feel free to send them along and we’ll link to them here!

Nature themed HGD kids books for BC Summer Reading S17
Nature themed books for the BC Summer Reading Club from Orca
Midtown_Nature-themed books_BC SRC 2017
Raincoast Nature-themed books for 2017
Summer Book Club list 2017-2

Walking on the Wild Side at the 2017 BCLA Conference!

What a great time we had at the BCLA Conference! As always, it was a treat to see old friends and put faces to email addresses. Although this year’s chair, TNRD’s Emily Olsen, was unfortunately unable to attend Conference, Incoming Chair, VPL’s Jennifer Lee and Outgoing Chair, RPL’s Kate Adams were on hand to welcome conference delegates to the 2017 BC SRC: Walk on the Wild Side!

VPL’s Jennifer Lee and RPL’s Kate Adams

On display was this year’s gorgeous artwork by  Darlene Gait! Jenn Lee’s stunning cut-outs of BC foliage added a wonderful wild-ness to the SRC booth!

We were thrilled when Darlene generously donated the original painting of the poster for the Conference. In recent years, our SRC artists have worked digitally so it was pretty exciting to see the artwork IRL!

VPL’s Jenn Lee beside original painting for 2017 BC SRC poster by Darlene Gait. Done in ink, coloured Pantone pencil, and gauche; measures 12 x 24″.

Everyone was invited to try the SRC Quiz Conference Edition, created once again by our brilliant Quiztress, Randi Robin. Prizes included a bottle of BC wine and an adorable thematically-correct Folkmanis Raccoon puppet. Stay tuned later this summer, when the SRC Quiz Conference Edition will appear here on this blog, for you to try!

An oversized reading record and some crayons provided an opportunity to explore drawing skills with the Draw Yourself in Nature Activity cards. (Most of us decided we’d best stick with our day jobs! 😉 )

A ballot box invited people to vote for their favourite theme for 2019. They were asked to choose from a shortlist (the top contenders from last year’s poll). 

The possible 2019 themes include:

  1. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  2. Mysteries
  3. Imagination/Art

If you haven’t yet voted, please do so here! (So far, it’s a very close race!) Voting is open till Monday, June 19th.

If you didn’t make it to Conference this year, we missed you, and hope you’ll send us news and updates about the SRC goings on at your library.

Be sure to tell us your stories, too! We are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Community Story Award! Please see here for more details!

Looking forward to A Walk on the Wild Side with you this summer!

Welcome to our Incoming Chair!

We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Lee as Incoming Chair for the BC SRC Core Committee. Jennifer is currently a Children’s Librarian with the Vancouver Public Library where she has been involved in Summer Reading Club planning for over three years. Like many others librarians she loves books and cats (and the occasional book about cats). When she’s not busy with either, you can find her in the kitchen.

Welcome, Jennifer!

New and Improved Downloads Page!

Our amazing web guy, Neil Firkins, has completely overhauled the Downloads page. As in previous years, you will find downloadable graphics and Word files to assist you in creating promotional pieces. Now they are laid out in an easy to view chart, letting you see exactly what is available in which file types. If there is something you need that you don’t see, let me know. There’s a good chance we can add it!

You may also have noticed a new tab on the Staff Site: Archive. Neil has gathered all of the past BC SRC websites (Staff and Kids’) and put them in one convenient location. Makes it super easy (and fun!) to look up past SRC’s!

Quick Guide to SRC Booklist Icons

More SRC-goodness from our amazing web guy, Neil Firkins! He has added some super-useful icons to this year’s booklists (found under the Manual tab http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/manual/):

A flag icon lets you know immediately if a title is by a BC or Canadian author. (Many thanks to NVDPL’s Allison Taylor-McBride for her help with this!).

In addition, a yellow headphone icon indicates whether a book is available in audio format, making it easy for anyone wishing to listen to their summer reading! As titles become available through NNELS and CELA, a blue or green headphone icon will be added.

Neil has also added a direct link at the top of each booklist to both the NNELS and CELA sites, so staff and patrons can easily learn about the resources available for people with perceptual and print disabilities.

Report Card Stuffer

Our designer Roger Handling has created a customizable document for libraries to promote their specific programs and Summer Reading Club events. (Many thanks to VPL’s Nathalie Patel for her input on this!) The Report Card Stuffer is available in both English and French. You can find it under the Downloads tab: http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/download-page/


Increasing Inclusion and Accessibility

A special thanks to our consultant Tess Prendergast. Under her guidance, the Inclusion Review Team (Emma Rumley, Lucinda Murray, Meredith Temple) reviewed the 2017 Manual and offered ideas and suggestions to increase the accessibility and inclusion of the programs and activities. In addition, they have provided us with some excellent general guidelines which we have also included here:
-Be aware that your audience will always include children of varying abilities.
-Feel comfortable to mix ’n match activities based on the needs and abilities of the children
-Let Summer Students and/or Volunteers know it’s OK to adapt a program/activity.
-When possible, include (good!) books that feature children of different abilities and backgrounds.
Normalize accommodations and/or participation of a child’s caregiver with phrases such as “You can do
this activity by yourself or with a partner”.
If an activity includes the use of plants (or a substance that may cause an allergic reaction), you may
wish to include this info ahead of time to give people advance notice

Bonjour BC SRC!

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 BC SRC Core Print materials will be available in English and French:
-poster (one side English; one side French)
-reading Record (English cover on one side; French cover on the other)
-bookmarks (both languages on bookmarks)
-activity card (both languages on card)
As well, we have a thematic French booklist and French downloadable letters for parents, schools, media, etc. available from the website http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/ You’ll want to be sure to advise the French Immersion families and teachers in your community!

The addition of French to our Core Print Materials and our Parent/School support materials marks Phase One of increasing language accessibility to the BC SRC. Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Education, Libraries Branch, in 2017, children and their families will be able to “Walk on the Wild Side!” and to “Balade dans la nature sauvage!”